“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

University of Iowa: Life of Discovery

By Eric Abrahamsen, published

The University of Iowa's "Life of Discovery" program concluded recently: this was the second annual installation of a joint program between Iowa's International Writing Program and the China Writers Association, bringing American and Chinese writers together for a little road-trip bonding. Besides the official webpage above, you can peruse their blog, where the writers (Americans only?) posted photos and blogged their bewilderment. The event consisted of two parts: a week in Iowa last May, and a couple of weeks in China, mostly Kunming, which ended July 9.

This year's participants, on the Chinese side:

  1. Liu Zhenyun 刘震云
  2. Peng Xueming 彭学明
  3. Fan Jizu 范继祖
  4. He Xiaomei 和晓梅
  5. Lu Qin 禄琴
  6. Yang Guoqing 杨国庆
  7. Zhang Gencui 张根粹

Interestingly, nearly all the Chinese participants were ethnic minorities, mostly poets. The Americans:

  1. Christopher Merrill
  2. Vu Tran
  3. Matt Hart
  4. Kiki Petrosino
  5. Amanda Nadelberg
  6. Kyle Dargan

Great to see these kinds of events going on!

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American Architect Writes Book About Working in China for Over a Decade

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“I have lived and worked in China for over ten years, competing within their system, making my way as everything from a freelance artist in small operations to a senior designer for large corporations. I have witnessed a formidable decade in which China has commanded a modern presence on the world stage. I have participated in the planning, designing, and building of mega-theme parks in Beijing, world-class aquariums in Shanghai, gigantic malls in the Pearl Delta, resorts in Tibet, and panda relocation projects in the foothills of the Himalayas”.

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Broc, August 14, 2010, 6:24p.m.

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